Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies

Central Eurasian Studies

Dual Central Eurasian Studies MA and School of Public and Environmental Affairs MPA

Degree Requirements :: Graduate Programs

The Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) jointly offer a three-year program that qualifies students for a dual master’s degree. The dual degree program is a 60 credit hour program which addresses the demand for specialists who combine expertise in public policy and management and area studies expertise in the countries of Eurasia. 


Students must apply separately for admission to the M.A. program in Central Eurasian Studies and the M.P.A. program in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and must be accepted by both units in order to be admitted to the dual degree program. Students may apply for admission to both programs simultaneously. Indicate on both application forms that you are applying for the CEUS-SPEA dual degree. Alternatively, students may apply first for the M.A. in Central Eurasian Studies and apply for the M.P.A. program during their first year of study; they can then enter the dual degree program in their second year of study, provided that they have completed no more than 24 hours of M.A. credit before starting work on the M.P.A.

Because CEUS and SPEA are in separate schools within Indiana University, students will be officially enrolled in only one school at a time. Students will alternate school affiliation so that students will be formally "housed" in each school for three semesters. School affiliation in no way restricts course enrollment. Students can concurrently enroll in CEUS and SPEA courses. Under this program, the degrees must be awarded simultaneously.

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CEUS Requirements: Course Work, Thesis, and Research Language

Twenty-four credit hours of graduate course work to be distributed as follows: (1) three courses (9 credit hours) on the culture, history, or society of the region of specialization; (2) two courses (6 credit hours) at the intermediate level of a language of specialization selected according to the region of specialization; (3) two electives (6 credit hours) taught in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, which may include further courses in the student’s region of specialization, in another region of specialization, or advanced level courses in the language of specialization; (4) R691, an independent study course (3 credit hours) that will serve as the M.A. thesis course (5) an M.A. thesis (no credit hours) of no less than 50 and no more than 70 double-spaced pages (text and notes) that reflects the use of materials in the student’s language of specialization and in one other research language other than English; and (6) demonstration of reading proficiency in a modern research language such as French, German, or Russian. Total (minimum) credit-hours at the MA level for the CEUS component of the Dual M.A./M.P.A. in CEUS and SPEA: 24.

School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA): 36 credit hours

Required and elective courses for a total of 36 credit hours. The possibilities of course combinations are many and will depend on your specific career goals. CEUS lists SPEA details as a courtesy. Contact SPEA at 812-855-2840 for details or to confirm the current accuracy of these requirements.

I. Required M.P.A. core courses

V502 Public Management (3 cr.)    
V506 Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making (3 cr.)  
V517 Public Management Economics (3 cr.)  
V540 Law and Public Affairs (3 cr.)  
F560 Public Finance and Budgeting (3 cr.) 
V600 Capstone in Public and Environmental Affairs (3 cr.)

II. Specialized Concentration: 15 credits

Each student is required to develop one of the following specialized concentrations comprised of courses approved by a SPEA faculty advisor.

Economic Development
Environmental Policy & Natural Resource Management
Health Policy
Information Systems
International Development
Local Government Management
Nonprofit Management
Policy Analysis
Sustainability and Sustainable Development
Specialized Study


Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies
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Bloomington, IN 47405-1105

Phone: (812) 855-2233
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